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A man has been missing for four days after being thrown into the sea by the assailants.
His ship was stolen, his life was threatened and he was upgraded to the sea. Thus begins the report of the Armed Forces on the case of a man who is missing after being intercepted by pirates on the coasts of the Colombian Pacific.
The vessel that was attacked last Monday by criminals was moving near the mouth of the Naya River, on the border between Buenaventura and the department of Cauca.
According to the Navy report, heavily armed subjects mounted the victim’s boat and stole the belongings of the three passengers of the vessel whose final destination was the municipality of López de Micay.
“Apparently they were robbed by unidentified armed subjects, who boarded the boat and fired indiscriminately at them, resulting in an injured person, a murdered person and another missing person,” the Armed Forces report reads.
The assailants fled mounted on the stolen boat.
The fact, which was reported to the Judicial Investigation Section – SIJIN, of Guapi, raised the warnings for the possible increase in robberies of boats on the coasts of the Pacific Ocean.
“They shot indiscriminately at them, resulting in an injured person, a murdered and another missing person”
Members of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station search the ocean for the body of the man who was thrown into the sea and has been missing for four days.
For now, the Navy informed that they will continue the development of the rescue operation and invited the navigators to report through the line 146 or channel 16 VHF marine any information that allows to find the whereabouts of the missing person.
Fear of increased theft at sea
The fear of being victims of pirates has generated that in the last months hundreds of fishermen on the coasts of Buenaventura, Guapi, Iscuandé and Tumaco abandon their rays and live under a constant state of paranoia.
“The bands that rob us every day are dissidents of paramilitary groups that stayed on the Pacific coast and now live off the assault on boats,” Manuel Bedoya, president of the National Association of Artisanal Fishermen (ANPAC), told EL TIEMPO, one of the guilds most affected by this crime in the country.
The modus operandi is almost always the same. Criminals travel by boat during the day and present themselves as fishermen to their victims. Then they intimidate the passengers of the boat, steal the product of the catch of the day, the engine – which can cost $80 million – and flee to the dense estuaries.
Julio Sánchez, Captain of the Frigate and Commander of the Pacific Coast Guard, says that criminals who capture in flagrancy are usually released due to lack of complaints and contradicted the versions that indicate that these types of crimes have increased.
Source: El Tiempo